Canadian Swimmers to Challenge World Records at Spring Nationals in Toronto

    "World Record Swims worth a brand new Pontiac Wave"

    OTTAWA, Feb. 24 /CNW/ - Swimming Canada launched its "Wave World Record
Challenge" today. This performance reward program for World record
performances will be initiated during the National Short Course Championships
scheduled to start on March 11th at the University of Toronto.
    Canadian swimmers breaking World Records at the upcoming Spring Nationals
will receive a new a brand new Pontiac Wave. This new reward program was
developed in partnership with local GTA dealership City Buick Pontiac Cadillac
Ltd and will surely ignite excitement during this 4 day meet.
    "Canadian Swimming is making great strides with more than seventy percent
of its national records broken in the last few years. We're ready to move to
the next step and start challenging World Records," said Swimming Canada CEO
and National Coach, Pierre Lafontaine. "Our goal is to get Canadian swimming
in the forefront of the World's best performances. We are excited and
confident to move in that direction.
    "Canada's last World Record was set by 3-time Olympian Brian Johns of
Richmond, BC during the CIS Swimming Championships in 2002. Johns set the
record in the 400IM in front of a packed house in Victoria.
    "Amateur sport is the life blood of sport in Canada. It is every young
person's dream to be the best in their sport, whatever that may be, and at
City Buick Pontiac Cadillac, we strive to be the very best in all that we do,"
said John Carmichael, Chairman & C.E.O. of City Buick Pontiac Cadillac Ltd.
"We are proud to support Swimming Canada and their athletes as they strive to
be the best in the world of swimming.
    "The 2009 Short Course Nationals is one of Swimming Canada's flagship
events of the year. Over 400 of Canada's best swimmers will compete for
National championship titles from March 11-15th, 2009. The event will also
serve as second qualifying meet for the 2009 World University Games, 2009
World Open Water Championships and will be a great stepping stone for the 2009
FINA World Championships in Rome next summer.
    Media wishing to cover the event are encouraged to fill out the following
form for media accreditation:

For further information:

For further information: Martin Richard, Communications Director,
Swimming Canada, t. (613) 260-1348 x 2002, c. (613) 725-4339, e., w.

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